Dr. Cynthia Connelly
Director of Nursing Research & Professor
University of Rhode Island - Ph.D
University of San Diego - MS
University of Redlands - BA
Dr. Cynthia Donaldson Connelly is the Scholars Professor and Director of Research at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. She is also a research scientist at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center - San Diego, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Connelly received her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island and completed a NIDA funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She was a recipient of a National Institute on Drug Abuse 5-year mentored career research development award to conduct studies to improve identification of and intervention for substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and co-occurring affective disorders among women of childbearing age. She currently is the PI on R01 (MH075788) “Collaborative Model Addressing Mental Health in the Perinatal Period” from the NIMH to conduct a randomized clinical trial of an intervention designed to improve the screening, referral, and treatment for maternal depression among low-income culturally diverse women and Co PI on R01 NR013662-01 “The Effectiveness of Non-pharmacological Treatment for Perinatal Insomnia from NINR to conduct a randomized clinical trial to examine the efficacy of a nurse delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBTI) for maternal insomnia disorder. She works in collaboration with pediatric and obstetrical providers to improve identification and provision of services to mothers and families at risk for adverse health outcomes including mental health issues, violence, sleeping, and eating disorders. Her leadership on multidisciplinary teams of researchers and clinicians to address the high rates of these issues in community pediatric, perinatal settings, child welfare, and judicial systems has resulted in effective screening/referral partnerships across systems of care using innovative information technology and support services. Her work is making a significant impact on policy and practice for responding to adverse behavioral, social, and health outcomes for women and their families within and across racial and ethically diverse populations.
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